GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Wildlife advocates are hoping that the third time is the charm for legislation to outlaw deadly poisons used by government hunters to kill thousands of coyotes each year.
This time the U.S. House bill has bipartisan support, and it is not routed through the Agriculture Committee, where it has died in the past.
The bill would completely ban the use of Compound 1080, which is used in collars put on sheep and cattle. And it bans cyanide capsules used in spring-loaded devices known as M-44s, which spray the poison into the snout of an animal that trips it.
Brooks Fahy of the Predator Defense institute says besides the harm to wildlife, the poisons have killed untold numbers of dogs and even harmed some people.
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